Xbox One News & Updates: New initiative coming, ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’ allows user to play games across Xbox One and Windows 10 (With Video)

Xbox One News & Updates: New initiative coming,  ‘Xbox Play Anywhere’ allows user to play games across Xbox One and Windows 10 (With Video)

Small but terrible, that’s the motto of the new Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console, and gamers are now wondering if the new gaming console packs a big punch in its small package.

People in the gaming industry have watched the Xbox One S stories very closely, waiting for the company’s next move as its gets closer to the launch date.

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As The Verge reported earlier the new console is now 40 percent smaller than its predecessor and it has a new colored finish called “robot white”. The Xbox has undergone a huge makeover, fans should expect more features on the upcoming new Xbox One S console. Aside from the repositioned placements of the USB ports and newly upgraded controller, there’s also an IR Blaster installed. The controller also gets a new look. Bluetooth wireless technology has also been added to the controller to give the users the luxury and flexibility of connecting the controller to any Bluetooth-enabled devices, which include tablets, PC, and even smartphones.

An earlier report also suggested that there will be three variants for the Xbox One S gaming console. The base model is said to be priced at $299 for the 500GB, while its midrange of 1TB is priced at $349, and for the 2TB premium model, the price will be $399.

But the biggest attraction is the new initiative from Microsoft that will bring the new Xbox One and Windows 10 closer together. The company called it “Xbox Play Anywhere,” and it allows users to buy a cross-platform game that will automatically work on both platforms, Xbox One and Windows 10.

When a user buys a game on Xbox One it will simply appear in their Windows 10 library, and vice versa, all data, such as saved games, achievements, and other information, will appear on both versions as well. Also, the installation has been made easier for both Windows and Xbox One games, where Xbox One games will automatically populate on user’s Windows 10.

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Currently, the service is mostly made up of Microsoft’s first-party releases, but the company has already announced plans to expand this service and include more third-party-developed games in the future. The complete list of Xbox Play Anywhere games includes the following game titles:

  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Recore
  • Scalebound
  • Sea of Thieves
  • State of Decay 2
  • We Happy Few

Not much information is known about the new gaming console, questions about its specs and official release date remain unanswered. But reports suggested that the base model would not see the light of day till later this 2016, while the 2TB premium model is now available for pre-order on Microsoft’s website and is set for release this coming August 2016.

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